Man seen with missing UVa student being sought

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Authorities were searching for a man believed to be the last person seen with
a University of Virginia student before she disappeared on arrest warrants charging him with reckless

But they say they also want to talk to him about the missing teen.

Virginia State Police issued warrants for Jesse Matthew on a charge of misdemeanor reckless driving,
Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a news conference Sunday. Matthew has not been
charged in the disappearance of 18-year-old Hannah Graham, who was last seen early on Sept. 13 in

Longo said police want to talk to Matthew, who was seen with Graham before she disappeared.

"I believe Jesse Matthew was the last person she was seen with before she vanished off the face of
the Earth because it’s been a week and we can’t find her," Longo said.

"I’ve made no mistake about it. We want to talk to Jesse Matthew. We want to talk to him. We want to
talk to him about his interaction with this sweet, young girl we can’t find," Longo said.

Longo said Matthew had stopped by the Charlottesville Police Department’s station Saturday with several
family members and asked for a lawyer. He was provided with a lawyer but left in a vehicle, driving at a
high rate of speed that endangered other drivers, according to the police chief. He said Matthew was
there for about an hour.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman said in an email late Sunday that State Police officers were conducing
"surveillance" of the vehicle at the time but did not pursue Matthew.

Police said they have focused on Graham’s movements the night of Sept. 12 and into the early morning
hours of Sept. 13. Graham, a sophomore from northern Virginia, met friends at a restaurant for dinner,
stopped by two parties at off-campus housing units and left the second party alone, police have said.

Surveillance videos showed her walking, and at some points running, past a pub and a service station and
then onto the Downtown Mall, a seven-block pedestrian strip lined with shops and restaurants.

"Somebody’s gotta know where she is and we want to know who that person or persons are," Longo

"I don’t want to get tunnel vision just because we have a name, just because we saw her with a
particular person," he said.

Graham’s parents appeared at the news conference and her father, John Graham, appealed for anyone with
any information to call a police tip line.

"This is every parent’s worst nightmare," John Graham said. "We need to find out what
happened to Hannah and make sure it happens to no one else."

More than 1,000 volunteers participated in a weekend search for Hannah Graham, according to authorities.

Graham’s disappearance has sent a ripple of fear through the quiet college town of Charlottesville.
Students have said they’ve begun walking in pairs at night and are paying closer attention to their

At least three other young women have disappeared in the area in the last five years, though police have
said they do not think Graham’s disappearance is linked to that of any of the other missing women.

The university president, Teresa A. Sullivan, issued a statement Sunday saying the university was
committed to helping authorities in the search for the missing woman and "return her safely to her

"We are cooperating fully with law enforcement authorities as they continue their
investigation," the emailed statement said.

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